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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • One of Crawford County's 'most wanted' captured

  • A man listed as one of the Crawford County Sheriff's Department's "most wanted" was captured Friday night in rural Maries County.
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  • A man listed as one of the Crawford County Sheriff's Department's "most wanted" was captured Friday night in rural Maries County.
    According to Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman, the man — Joshua Ryan Evans, 27, of Cuba, Mo. — led Maries County sheriff's deputies on a foot chase into the woods before being apprehended.
    A news release from Heitman states that members of his department conducted a traffic stop on Highway 42 near Highway 133 west of Vienna Friday night, Jan. 3.
    Maries County sheriff's deputies found suspected controlled substances and items of drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
    As a deputy was taking one subject into custody another suspect later identified as Evans fled on foot for several hundred yards into a wooded area. The deputy chased Evans and a Taser was used to subdue Evans.
    Evans was taken by EMS to a local hospital because he claimed to have swallowed crystal meth, heroin and Xanax.
    He was later placed in the Maries County Jail.
    Heitman commended Cpl. Jason Comstock, the Maries County sheriff's deputy, for making the arrest.
    Evans currently has 11 outstanding warrants and has been on the run for two years.
    He is wanted for the following charges: felony possession of opium out of St. Louis County with a $7,500 bond, failure to appear for felony manufacturing of methamphetamines out of Crawford County with a $4,800 bond, failure to appear for felony manufacturing of controlled substances out of Crawford County with a bond of $11,000, felony manufacturing of controlled substances out of Crawford County with a bond of $25,000, two counts of felony property damage out of Crawford County with no bond, two counts of failure to appear on traffic violations out of Wentzville with a $300 cash-only bond, and three counts of contempt of court for fraud out of Eureka.
    Because of the incident on Jan. 3, Evans is now also facing additional felony charges for resisting arrest and drug violations out of Maries County.
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